Blog By M. Mitera
Being an artist requires a certain level of concentration. When you come to our shop, you’re trusting us to pierce you or tattoo you and we want to give you our utmost attention to ensure that you get exactly what you want. There’s a lot of technical details in piercing and tattooing. We want to make sure we cover everything to make sure that you’re a happy client when you end up leaving. In order to do this, we need to have minimal distractions. Since our procedures are so delicate (piercing) or can take a long time (tattooing), there are a few things that can be a very serious distraction and the biggest one is unfortunately children. Not only that but the environment of a tattoo shop can be unsafe for kids, especially if they’re bored!
In my college years, I spent some time as a preschool teacher’s assistant and spent a good deal of time around small children. I’ve come to to conclusion that kids are really bad at three main things; not touching things (especially if they’re told not to touch it), sitting still (for any period of time longer than four minutes), and staying quiet (forget about it if they’re bored or restricted). All three of these things are required in a tattoo shop. Of course, kids sometimes have to exhibit all of these traits like at the doctors office or if you have to bring them to the mechanic with you. But those are necessary trips, whereas a tattoo or piercing is a voluntary luxury that’s about you! You want your artist to be fully attentive to you and what you’re hoping to get from your new tattoo or piercing! You also have to think; have you ever been toted along to a friend’s tattoo appointment when you yourself weren’t getting tattooed? What did you end up doing? You get stuck on the couch for who knows how long, wishing that you stayed home so that you could be watching TV and eating snacks. For a child, that feeling is magnified tenfold. Their little bodies contain too much energy to sit on the couches in our lounge for more than ten minutes while their parents fill out paperwork for a future appointment, let alone the actual appointment.
Younger children don’t understand that they cannot run around the shop and that there are dangerous places, like the artist rooms as well as the adult shop that is attached to Spider-Bite. The artist rooms contain sharps boxes, sharp tools, needles, different kinds of cleaning agents and soaps, and many other things that are not kid friendly. A young child’s immune system is not prepared to handle the amount of germs that can be present in a tattoo shop. No matter how clean we keep it, there is still contaminants present that can do damage to a fragile little human. The adult shop contains a great deal of glass shelving, as well as images that are not appropriate for a young child (in fact, you need to be 18+ with a valid ID to enter that area of the shop). If a parent is getting a procedure done, they usually are unable to keep a watchful eye on their child. And while every artist in the shop would be on the lookout for a little one if there was one in the shop, we all have our own clients to attend to and don’t want to be distracted.
The building of a human life is important. Getting a piercing or tattoo takes a backseat to your body forming and taking care of another person. While we do totally understand that body modification can be somewhat “addicting”, it is not as important as providing a healthy and clean environment for your tiny human counterpart. For breastfeeding mothers, there is an increased risk of issues when getting a new piercing or tattoo too soon after giving birth. The body is already depleted from giving birth and in recovery. Since the immune system is down, chance of infection is greater. Infections of piercings and tattoos can transfer into breast milk and end up coming in to direct contact with a human who’s immune system cannot handle such an attack. With so many factors weighing in, we just want to make sure that our client and our potential future clients (your kids!) are all set!
If children are in the shop, it should only be because they have scheduled an appointment with our piercer, Morgan. Morgan is the only artist here who will work with any children between the ages of 7-13. These young clients are only allowed in the shop when they have a preexisting appointment to get their earlobes pierced. We also ask that for these appointments, these young clients come without their siblings and only with the parents that are bringing them to get pierced. This will ensure that the young client gets the attention that they need as well as the other artists in the shop not being distracted trying to watch small kids. By not having young children in the shop, the environment is better for everyone, from artist to client and anyone in between.
If possible, we ask that if you do have small children, please stop in when your little ones are not with you. Please don’t think this is because we don’t like children. That’s absolutely not the case at all and many of us have our own tiny humans at home as well. It’s simply that a tattoo shop is not the most age appropriate venue for very young kids. We want to make sure that you get the best tattoo/piercing possible and in order to do that, the artists need to focus intensely on your wishes as a client. There are even signs in the shop that ask that you leave the little ones at home, for their safety and ours. Our goal is to make sure that everyone is happy, healthy, and safe. Unfortunately, that does sometimes include saying that children cannot come in to the shop.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call the shop or send us an email!
About the Author: Morgan has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. Morgan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.